Barcelona transfer target Willian provides update on his Chelsea future

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Usually he wants the ball to his feet. Today we couldn't do that but we have the quality to do it in the next games.

Sarri couldn't hide his disappointment, saying that he would have substituted Jorginho for Fabregas if the Spaniard had not left on Friday. 'It's unusual and he was in trouble.

"Maybe he was exhausted, I don't know".

Chelsea attacker Pedro has said that his side are taking it one game at a time as they aim to finish in the top four this season.

Chelsea rejected the offer of cash plus the winger Malcom, but the bid thrust Willian's long-term future into focus.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez was proud of the way his players had pushed Chelsea hard but accepted they had been undone by a sublime goal.

'My future is here, ' he said on Saturday night. I have one-and-a-half years on my contract left, and I want to stay until it is finished.

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However, Chelsea could attempt to send the former Real Madrid star to AC Milan in order to get a deal for Higuain over the line. Milan paid $20.75 million to sign the 31-year-old on loan, with a clause to make the deal permanent for a further $42 million.

The former Napoli manager responded similarly to talk Willian potential exit in an interview with Sky Sports, claiming: "You know very well that Willian is a very important player".

"I just think that when they went down, he spent £50-odd million to get them back up, of his own money. It's good to get the win, build up our confidence and stay in the top four as that is our main target this year", Pedro told BT Sport. So if they want me to sign, of course, I want that.

"You know very well that Willian for us is really a very important player, as I said [on Friday] in the press conference", Sarri added. So in my mind I want to win titles every year'.

So while Sarri was expressing his regret at Fabregas's departure for Monaco, the decision to turn down Barcelona's offer for Willian brought instant gratification on Saturday, the wide man's brilliant victor maintaining their hold on a place in the Premier League's top four. [Against Newcastle] we had only to manage a positive situation.

The Brazilian forward, linked with a move to Barcelona before the transfer window closes, curled the ball past Martin Dubravka shortly before the hour to move his side six points in front of fifth-placed Arsenal.

"The team has played well and we have had chances, but the final decision in the final third is the decisive thing".